Best wine with Duck

Duck is a beautiful and tasty dish, but it’s also a true challenge to pair with wine. It can be partnered with so many different wines that it can become difficult to know what to choose. To help you with this difficult task we have listed four of the best wine pairings for duck dishes in our blog post.


The first wine we recommend for duck is a Riesling. This white wine is light, crisp, and sweet which makes it a great choice for duck dishes that are roasted or grilled with a sauce. Dishes like duck with oranges, duck with cherries, and even duck served with a sweet sauce like honey or maple syrup will pair wonderfully with Riesling. Riesling pairs well with duck because of its sweet and acidic flavors. The acidity in a Riesling will cut through the fat on the duck, allowing you to taste all of the wonderful flavors in the sauce as well.

Best Duck dishes with Riesling

Roast Duck, Peking Duck are excellent with Riesling. If you are working with spicier duck dishes such as Thai, then go for an off-dry or sweet white Riesling.

Pinot Noir

The second wine we recommend is Pinot Noir. It is one of the most popular choices when it comes to pairing with the duck. This dark red wine is full-bodied and fruity which makes it a great choice for sauced or roasted duck dishes. It has flavors of vanilla, cherry, chocolate, and blackberry which makes it perfect for pairing with roasted duck breast. The savory aromas and red fruit flavors with low to medium tannins work so well with duck.

Pinot Noir is also a great choice for pairing with duck legs because it can stand up to the rich flavors of the meat. If you are looking for a wine that will pair well with both the breast and leg of the duck, then Pinot Noir is your best bet.

Best Duck dishes with Pinot Noir

Breast of Duck, Peking Duck, Duck Confit, Roast duck and Duck Terrine pair wonderfully with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Pinot Gris

Our third recommendation is a fruity Pinot Gris. This wine has a light, crisp flavor that pairs well with duck breast. It also has flavors of citrus and peach which makes it perfect for serving with duck confit or roasted duck legs. The duck breast will have nice, crispy skin and the Pinot Gris will complement it well. The peach flavors in this wine will also go well with the sweet confit of duck legs.

Pinot Gris is a white wine from France, which is why we recommend it for the duck. It’s also made in the same region as Pinot Noir, so if you prefer red wine with your meal then this might be a good choice for you.

Pinot Gris is good with dishes with a spicy heat. It works very well with Asian dishes but especially with Thai.

Best Duck dishes for Pinot Gris

Thai Duck Curry. Check our our post on the best wine for Thai food.


Our fourth and final wine and popular pairing for duck is a Chardonnay. This white wine has notes of citrus and tropical fruits, making it a great choice for duck that’s served with an Asian-inspired sauce. For example, you could pair a Chardonnay with duck breast that’s served with an orange sauce or honey-soy glaze. I recommend this outstanding Duck a l’Orange recipe.

If you’re looking for a Chardonnay that’s perfect for duck, we recommend trying the Paul Dolan Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay. This wine has notes of pear, apple, and honeydew melon with just enough acidity to cut through the fattiness in duck breast.

Best Duck dishes with Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a good pairing with several duck dishes such as glazed duck breast and braised duck legs. The high acidity in Chardonnay also works well with the fatty meat of a duck, which can sometimes be overwhelming on its own.


I selected these four wines because they work so well with a variety of Duck dishes. Pinot Noir and Riesling are your best bet for a simple roast duck or Peking Duck meal. If you are tempted to prepare your own Duck a l’Orange at home then opt for a Chardonnay. If you are choosing Thai Duck from the restaurant menu, ask for a glass of Pinot Gris.